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NFF To Name Super Eagles New Coach, Nov 8

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the new head coach of the Super Eagles will be announced on Nov. 8 to enable him to resume work on Dec. 1.

Deji Tinubu, the spokesman for the Executive Committee of the NFF, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the committee took the decision at its second meeting at the federation’s Glass House secretariat.

He said the two coaches who had applied for the job would be interviewed on Nov. 4, and listed the applicants as Samson Siasia and Stephen Keshi, both former Super Eagles players.

“They will be interviewed by the Technical Committee which will itself be inaugurated on Nov. 2,” Tinubu said.

The Tidesports reports that action on the employment of a new Super Eagles head coach had been on hold since the lingering Nigerian football crisis heightened.

Former Super Eagles defender Augustine Eguavoen has been in charge in a caretaker capacity after the dismal outing of the team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The crisis had snowballed into court cases which made the Executive Committee not to perform, thus leading to FIFA’s suspension of Nigeria and later a provisional lifting of the ban.

The Executive Committee, which had just met following the withdrawal of a court case on Monday, also constituted four standing committees, including the Technical Committee headed by Chris Green, an Executive Committee member.

The 12-man Technical Committee also has former Green Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, as well as former Super Eagles stars Garba Lawal, Victor Ikpeba and Austin Okocha as members.

Others are FIFA Technical Committee member Adegboye Onigbinde, CAF Media Committee member Paul Bassey, Garba Illa, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, who is the Vice-Chairman; Deji Tinubu and Austen Elumelu.

NFF’s Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme was named as the committee’s Secretary.

The football ruling body also set up the Referees Appointment Committee of seven members with Alhaji Muazu Suleiman as Chairman and Alhaji Ahmed Maude, the President of the Nigeria Referees Association, as Vice-Chairman.

“This will help the Nigerian Premier League of the 2010/2011 season to commence on Saturday, Nov. 6, as proposed by the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Board,” Tinubu explained.

He also announced the setting up of the Appeals Committee with 13 members, headed by NFF Executive Chairman Aminu Maigari, as well as the Disciplinary Committee, headed by Olaleye Adepoju, with 12 other members serving on it.

“These committees were constituted to ensure that they begin to function immediately.

“The Executive Committee deferred the composition of the other committees to enable it to make wider consultations for qualified, credible and competent persons,” Tinubu said.

The NFF Executive Committee meeting was attended by eight of its members, alongside acting General Secretary Musa Amadu.

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Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020

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Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on  Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.

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LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week

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The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,”  he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as  4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.

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S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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